September 18, 2014

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Hot-air balloon sets down safely in residential street

A hot-air balloon made a safe, but unplanned, landing in the middle of a residential street Saturday afternoon in Lafayette Township.

A Re/Max hot air balloon makes an unplanned but safe landing in the middle of Grovewood Lane, in Lafayette Township. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Township trustee Bryan Macron said the Re/Max balloon, which is the company’s logo, landed at about 2:30 p.m. in the middle of Grovewood Lane off of Ryan Road.

“The fire department wasn’t called,” he said. “They didn’t come down hard enough that somebody got hurt.”

It is unclear why the balloon had to land.

Carolyn Prudic, a township resident, emailed the Gazette, and said she saw the balloon losing air.

“It might be embarrassing for Re/Max to have it land but it was good steering on their part,” she said. “They ended up deflating it in an empty lot on the street!”

Adam Opalka, a Grovewood Lane resident, said the balloon flew right over his house.

He said he thought the balloon took off from the Medina County fairgrounds and couldn’t go very far because there wasn’t much wind.

Opalka said the landing was something his young children won’t soon forget.

After the landing, the balloon operators led a toast to a safe landing with apple juice for the neighborhood’s children, he said.

“The neighborhood helped them wrap up the balloon,” Opalka said.

A spokesperson for the RE/MAX office in Medina could not be reached Sunday.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.